This blog has been written by Jane Sandwood, freelance writer. For further information about Jane, see her bio at the bottom of the post.
Turn To Coffee For A Daily Productivity Boost
We have all been there – feeling uninspired, frustrated and on the verge of shutting down our laptops and tossing our notes in the fireplace. If you are one of approximately 92,000 writers in the UK, chances are very good that you, too, suffer from the occasional lack of concentration and productivity. Having multiple deadlines hanging over your head yet no motivation to get cracking at your workload is an all too familiar feeling and one that has us reaching for a multitude of possible remedies, including vitamins, meal supplements, music and even meditation. If you are a coffee lover, however, help could be closer than you think, as caffeine is said to be able to not only improve concentration but boost your productivity as well.
Coffee can boost your mental alertness and performance
Caffeine is known to block our adenosine receptors, the compound in our brains that cause drowsiness. This would explain why we feel more alert after having a cup or two of coffee. Coffee is furthermore able to boost our memory, cognitive functioning, and energy levels – both short-term and in the long-run. Numerous studies conducted across the globe found that caffeine is able to increase both selective and sustained attention: great news for a writer working on a somewhat-tedious project! Grabbing a cup of java with breakfast will more than likely have you remembering more things from your meetings, solving pesky problems a lot faster, and focusing on your writing assignments more clearly. It is important to remember, though, that we all have different reactions to caffeine, and must keep this in mind before gulping down excessive amounts of the brilliant brew.
Coffee can enhance your willpower and creativity
It’s never wise to make pertinent decisions when you are tired as you could end up giving in to pressure you would usually be immune to. Who would have thought that a cup of java can help you stand your ground? As it turns out, coffee is able to boost your willpower and self-control, especially when you are feeling weary. As writers, we rely on our inherent creativity on a daily basis and now research suggests that drinking coffee can benefit our creative thinking even more. This, however, is not attributed to a chemical reaction, but rather the subtle nuances experienced when drinking coffee in a social setting. Low-level sounds and ambient noise can trigger abstract and creative thought processes, both of which are the quintessence of a writer’s inspiration.
Taking all of this into consideration, it is only natural to draw the following conclusion: coffee can significantly improve overall writing performance. Consuming coffee will have you feeling more inspired and see you writing more, and possibly, better. It is important to remember, though, that, like anything else in life, moderation is key. But starting your day with a cup of steaming coffee may see you become the next Booker or Baillie Gifford prize winner…
Jane Sandwood is a professional freelance writer and editor with over 10 years’ experience working across both print and online. She decided to move into freelancing to take advantage of the flexibility and work-life balance it offers. When Jane isn’t writing, she is busy spending time with her family. She also enjoys music, reading and travelling whenever she can.